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Volcano erupts again near Iceland capital

On August 3, a strip of glowing red lava was seen gushing from the ground, spouting 20-30 metres (65-100 feet) into the air before spreading into a blanket of smouldering black rock.

August 04, 2022 / 01:50 PM IST
A volcano erupted in Iceland on August 3 near the capital Reykjavik, spewing red hot lava and plumes of smoke out of a fissure in an uninhabited valley after several days of intense seismic activity. (Source: AFP)
A volcano erupted in Iceland on August 3 near the capital Reykjavik, spewing red hot lava and plumes of smoke out of a fissure in an uninhabited valley after several days of intense seismic activity. (Source: AFP)
The eruption was around 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Reykjavik, near the site of the Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano in southwestern Iceland that erupted for six months in March-September 2021, mesmerising tourists and spectators who flocked to the scene. (Source: AFP)
The eruption was around 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Reykjavik, near the site of the Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano in southwestern Iceland that erupted for six months in March-September 2021, mesmerising tourists and spectators who flocked to the scene. (Source: AFP)
On August 3, a strip of glowing red lava could be seen gushing from the ground, spouting 20-30 metres (65-100 feet) into the air before spreading into a blanket of smouldering black rock. (Source: AFP)
On August 3, a strip of glowing red lava could be seen gushing from the ground, spouting 20-30 metres (65-100 feet) into the air before spreading into a blanket of smouldering black rock. (Source: AFP)
As it cooled, blueish smoke rose up from the hilly landscape on the Reykjanes peninsula. (Source: AFP)
As it cooled, blueish smoke rose up from the hilly landscape on the Reykjanes peninsula. (Source: AFP)
About 100 curious onlookers quickly made their way to the scene, bewitched by the sight of the bubbling lava and the intense roar that could be heard rising up from the ground as the lava erupted, an AFP reporter at the scene said. (Source: AFP)
About 100 curious onlookers quickly made their way to the scene, bewitched by the sight of the bubbling lava and the intense roar that could be heard rising up from the ground as the lava erupted, an AFP reporter at the scene said. (Source: AFP)
The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), which monitors seismic activity, estimated the size of the fissure at about 300 metres. It said the eruption started in the Meradalir valley, less than one kilometre (0.6 miles) from the scene of last year's eruption. (Source: AFP)
The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), which monitors seismic activity, estimated the size of the fissure at about 300 metres. It said the eruption started in the Meradalir valley, less than one kilometre (0.6 miles) from the scene of last year's eruption. (Source: AFP)
Wednesday's eruption came after a period of intense seismic activity, with about 10,000 earthquakes detected since July 30, including two with a magnitude of at least 5.0. (Source: AFP)
Wednesday's eruption came after a period of intense seismic activity, with about 10,000 earthquakes detected since July 30, including two with a magnitude of at least 5.0. (Source: AFP)
While there was no ash plume, the IMO said it was "possible that pollution can be detected due to the gas release". (Source: AFP)
While there was no ash plume, the IMO said it was "possible that pollution can be detected due to the gas release". (Source: AFP)
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first published: Aug 4, 2022 01:50 pm
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